Across The World || Dan Howell

Dan and Phil move into a bigger apartment because they decided to take in an exchange student. Meanwhile, Avery is on her way to London to meet her host family, who happens to be Dan and Phil. What happens when she gets there is more than she expected.


19. Ruth

Chapter 16


Avery's POV

"Dan? Dan are you okay?", I asked.

No response. Just the faint sound of Dan taking deep and shaky breaths.

"Dan? Can you tell me what's wrong?", I asked once more.

He still didn't say anything.

"Dan I need you to tell me what's wrong", I demanded.

This time, I could hear him softly say, "They found us".

"Charlotte, I...I have to go", I said as I grabbed my purse and started walking towards the door.

"Is everything alright?", she asked.

I paused for a second before I answered. Then I said, "I don't think so".

I took a taxi back to the apartment. The entire way back I was trying to think why Dan reacted the way he did when he heard the name Ruth.

I rushed up the stairs to the apartment and ran inside. I found Phil in the lounge watching Buffy.

"Phil?", I said.

"Oh hi Avery. Good news! I think my memory is slowly coming back!", Phil said happily.

"That's great", I said, doing my best to sound happy for him, "Where's Dan?"

"He's in his room", he said.

"Mkay thanks", I said.

Dan's POV

Hearing the name Ruth was like being stabbed in the stomach. I knew that name and I knew it well. Phil and I had encountered this person once before. But she wasn't as bad as her friend.

I had dated her friend Angelica awhile back, and...well...let's just say things didn't end well between us. I kind of broke it off and it was sort of a "it's not me it's you" situation, but not in those exact words. After the breakup, she said I couldn't be with anyone else nor would I find anyone else. She swore she's try to kill me or my friends and family. Now I thought she was crazy, like she was speaking out of sadness from the breakup or something. But no. In the weeks following the breakup, weird things started happening. I was waiting to get on the train when a girl with blond hair tried to push me over onto the tracks. Thankfully someone saw and helped me up just in time. Then a week later when I went out to dinner with my family, my food turned out to be poisoned and I was hospitalized for two weeks. The waitress looked like the same girl who pushed me over, but I shook the thought from my mind. The following week, my dad was at work when he suddenly collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital and they found out that he was poisoned as well. It was probably in his coffee. He was in the hospital for a month.

Then the car crash with Phil and Rachel happened. I knew it was weird that the bedside nurse said he was dead, but the doctor said he just had amnesia. Now I knew who was behind all of it. The train incident, me getting poisoned, my dad getting poisoned, and the car crash. It was Ruth. Ruth and Angelica.

Then I heard the door vigorously open and close.

"Where's Dan?", I heard Avery ask.

"He's in his room", Phil answered.

I then heard Avery's footsteps as she made her way towards my room. Then she opened the door, closed it, locked it, and she sat down next to me on my bed. Then she said, "Daniel James Howell, you are going to tell me what's going on and you're going to tell me now".

"Phil and I...we...we've met Ruth before", I said, not looking Avery in the eye.

""Yes, I figured that much. But how do you know her? Why did you react the way you did when you heard her name?", Avery asked.

" see...I dated her friend Angelica and things didn't end well between us. She swore she'd try to kill me or my friends and family. I thought she was speaking out of anger and that she didn't really mean it. But I was wrong", I said.

" see. What are we going to do?", Avery asked.

"I...I don't know. I  just don't know", I said as I started to cry softly.

"Dan, please don't cry", Avery said as she held my hand.

"I'm just...I'm just scared", I managed to say.

"I know you are. We'll figure something out. You should try to get some sleep, Dan", Avery said.

"O-okay", I said as I crawled under my covers.

Avery's POV

I closed the door to Dan's room, hoping he would get some rest. Then I walked into the lounge and sat down with Phil.

"How are you Phil?", I asked as I took a deep breath.

"I'm alright, but you seem like the exact opposite of fine. I everything alright?", Phil said.

"Actually, no. Phil, do you remember anything about your nurse from the hospital?", I asked.

"Sorry, but I don't really remember much", he said.

"I didn't think so. Dan says you guys know her and her friend", I said.

"What's her name?", Phil asked.

"Her name is Ruth and her friend's name is Angelica", I said.

"Hmm, sorry I don't recognize those names", Phil said.

"That's alright. Anyways, I need to go to sleep. I have to work early tomorrow", I said.

"Okay. Goodnight", Phil smiled.

~ The Next Day ~

"Thanks for coming in early", Charlotte said.

"Oh it's no problem", I said.

"It's just my mom wanted you and me to train a new girl we just hired", Charlotte said.

"Oh what's her name?", I asked.

"I actually can't remember. We'll just ask her when she gets here", said Charlotte.

Just then, a taxi stopped out front and a girl got out.

"Hi!", she said as she walked in the door and made her way to the counter.

"Hello! Welcome in", Charlotte said.

"Hi", I said to her. 

She turned and smiled at me.

Those eyes

Those green eyes

That hair

That blond hair

I've seen those green eyes and that blond hair before

"I apologize, but I can't remember your name", Charlotte laughed.

Then the girl looked me dead in the eye and said, "Ruth. My name is Ruth".

Author's Note:

Chapter 16! I hope you guys are liking this story so far and i want to thank you again for taking your time to read it :) Please fan, comment, like, and share :)

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